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COUNCILLOR DEMANDS ACTION OVER FLOODING DANGER SPOTS

October 4, 2020 11:26 AM

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Vivienne Parry, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow South, is demanding that the Council take rapid action to tackle two flooding black spots in her ward before winter weather makes the situation much worse.

Vivienne said "We really do have a serious flooding problem near the Salwey Arms in Wooferton and near Moor Park School on the Richards Castle Road. I have been making representations to Shropshire Council for years in one case and nothing has been done. In the recent summer downpours we have had water all over the road in both places if we leave matters as they are these roads could become lethal in freezing conditions."

Salwey Arms: There has always been a problem with drainage on the B4362 near the entrance to the Travel Lodge c 100m from the Accident blackspot junction with the A49. Now with the construction of a petrol station here, the problem has got much worse. It appears that there is a gap in a critical drain leading to serious flooding (see photograph). Cllr Parry and local residents have been complaining about this problem for the past six months.

Moor Park: The road near to the entrance to Moor Park School has repeatedly flooded over recent years. The drains around this whole section of the road are packed with dirt and detritus and fail to clear water off the road. Cllr Parry, Richards Castle Parish Council, and local residents have been pressing Shropshire Council to act for several years.

Vivienne concluded "Shropshire Council's contracting system has been slated as 'not fit for purpose', there is no systematic programme of clearing gullies and drains in the County and there is no effective control of the way contractors operate.

"This is an increasing problem across Shropshire. Shropshire Council repeatedly fails to act of drainage problems in a timely manner leading to serious consequences to communities and individuals. Only the other week the village shop in Bucknell had to close after being repeatedly flooded courtesy of a drain the Council had failed to clear.

"Here we face a real danger to traffic from excessive flood water especially in the winter months if we have frost following a downpour."